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An ex vivo approach to studying the interactions of probiotic Pediococcus acidilactici and Vibrio (Listonella) anguillarum in the anterior intestine of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss

Glenn M. Harper1, Matthias Monfort1, Imad P. Saoud2, Matthew J. Emery3, Sanaa Mustafa3, Mark D. Rawling3, Ben Eynon3, Simon J. Davies3 and Daniel L. Merrifield3*,

1Electron Microscopy Centre, The University of Plymouth, UK

2American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

3The School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, The University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

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Daniel L. Merrifield
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Received July 04, 2011; Accepted September 01, 2011; Published September 10, 2011

Citation: Harper GM, Monfort M, Saoud IP, Emery M, Mustafa S, et al. (2011) An ex vivo approach to studying the interactions of probiotic Pediococcus acidilactici and Vibrio (Listonella) anguillarum in the anterior intestine of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. J Aquac Res Development S1:004. doi:10.4172/2155-9546.S1-004

Copyright: © 2011 Harper GM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The aim of the present study was to observe the antagonistic relationship of the probiotic Pediococcus acidilactici and the pathogen Vibrio (Listonella) anguillarum in the intestine of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) by using the ex vivo intestinal sac method. Rainbow trout (240-250g) were fed either a control diet (commercial diet: 43% protein, 20% lipid) or a probiotic diet (control diet supplemented with P. acidilactici [Bactocell] at log 7 CFU g-1) for two weeks. The anterior intestine was then isolated for an ex vivo challenge study and intestinal sacs formed by shutting one end of the intestinal portion. The sacs were filled with PBS solutions containing either no bacteria (as a control), the probiotic (P. acidilactici), the pathogen V. anguillarum, or probiotic+pathogen and incubated for one hour. At the end of the exposure bacterial levels in the lumen were determined by culture based approaches and colonisation of the mucosa assessed with PCR-DGGE and electron microscopy (EM). Intestinal morphology (observation of gross morphological damage, ultrstructural differences and the quantification of goblet cells and intra epithelial lecuocyte numbers) and bacterial infection/translocation was assessed using light microscopy (LM) and EM. Results revealed that V. anguillarum caused extensive histological damage to the gut but P. acidilactici did not. No signs of translocation of either the probiotic or pathogen were observed. Microbiological analyses indicated that P. acidilactici was able to outcompete V. anguillarum in the rainbow trout intestine and also to populate or colonise the mucosa. Additionally, elevated leucocyte levels and goblet cells in the epithelium of P. acidilactici fed fish, and intestines exposed to P. acidilactici, suggests that P. acidilactici might have potential use in controlling vibriosis. In vivo disease-challenge studies are warranted to ascertain if V. anguillarum infections can be controlled in rainbow trout using dietary applications of P. acidilactici.


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